Serene country setting
I am active in my community, on the Conservation Commission and am head of a Trails Committee that is building a 4 mile trail in our town forest. I sing with a women's group, Songweavers. Before retiring I did Foster Care for seventeen years, specializing in male teens with attachment problems. Still have the punching bag in the basement for anyone needing to let off steam. Sea kayaking is my favorite activity but I also bike a lot and recently started jogging. I have failed as a gardener of late and so am co-gardening with a friend this year and slowly trying to bring back my gardens. I am active in church and in Sunday School and spend a fair amount of time with my animals. Last year I traveled to Tuscany on a Vermont Bicycle tour that was awesome. It is a good incentive to have a trip coming up to keep you active everyday. This year I will be biking in Croatia, looks like a beautiful place.
Our Home & Location
I have a raised ranch style house located in a quiet country setting with 30 acres of land, large fields, walking trail, brook and wildlife are often around including deer, moose, coyote, beaver, otters and lots of birds. I live on a dirt road in a small town of Loudon, NH that is 20-30 minutes to Concord or Laconia - a popular tourist town with many lakes. It's an hour to the ocean or to the White Mountains. Even closer is the Belknap Mountains which offer a lot of good hikes, or you could take my place while I am gone and work with BRATTS-the Belknap Range Area Trail Tenders, building and reconstructing trails.
My favorite part of the house is the screened in porch with hammocks. A great place to read the paper or a good book and then take a little nap listening to the brook. The porch has not only screening, but is completely chicken wired. One summer, Gary(cat) made it his project to find a new way to get out every few days, and as he did I would put up wire to solve that problem, until a few days later and a new escape was found. I think I finally have them all tight. There is WIFI, radios and a piano but no TV....
This is a three bedroom, two bath house, laundry in the basement, wood stove to heat with in the colder months. Can hang out laundry on the clothesline or inside. A bit of a gym downstairs as well as all of the cat food and dishes.
There is a barn with workshop for projects if you like wood working. Lots of dirt roads for exploring, many kayaks, and a few bikes. The house is encircled with a fence so that the dogs can be let out and in easily. The house looks out over Academy brook with a stone wall. At one point there were 32 mills along this brook, lots of history here. There could possibly be a vehicle to use. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Three dogs and six cats. It wasn't supposed to be that way, but a few weeks after I adopted a rescue puppy, I inherited a Bernese Mountain dog. Life happens and you do your best. They all get along well and enjoy each other. Our usual routine is to go for a walk in the morning out our one half mile trail that borders the brook and is in the woods. Kate is the perfect one who doesn't need a leash and just goes on her own, although she might need encouragement with someone new at first. Uli and Izzy are on leashes. We all love our walks and checking to see if there are new smells or prints and looking for the otters. When we get home they have breakfast and then can be out or in for most of the day. Usually I make sure that everyone gets out between noon and 2 pm or so, just in case. Then around five or so another walk and then they have supper. Finally a last trip outside right before I go to bed and then each dog gets a biscuit and the cats get treats.
The cats are all ferals and so some of them take a while to warm up to you. They are all skittish with new people and new noises, but they seem to be mellowing lately and much more friendly. Rogue lives up to his name and will take any food left out anywhere. He will also take any cats food so I stay with them until they finish eating to fend off his stealing everyone's food....
The dogs are very good sleepers and the cats are usually quiet at night. I have great respect for my animals and try to take good care of them and be especially alert to Kate that no one takes her food or pushes her out of the way.
Rogue and Echo are brothers who are long haired black cats. Dennis is a gray tiger with white markings and can open sliding doors, so a bungee needs to be placed on the door handle whenever you walk outside through the deck. Gary is also a tiger and is small, sweet and skittish. Ned and Nan are short haired black cats, brother and sister with one cut off ear each because they were supposed to be catch, neuter and release, but Ned purred so much that they tried them for adoption and they've been great.
I like it when someone is around some just to be with all of the animals. I am away all day once in a while, but mostly I try to not be gone more than 5-6 hours and mostly it is less than that so that I can let them in or out as needed. I would want anyone staying here to be able to pet them and talk to them and show that you cared about them. They are all wonderful and fun to be with. The cats are inside cats because of the wildlife around here. + More info